What About School Spirit?
Ken Smith makes preliminary notes: Jimmy tells the story to dewy-eyed honey Sally from Westport the story of Lawrence High "you spent your Saturday working for the United Fund?" "you know, you've really got it here at Lawrence. The right kind of school spirit" "maybe you'll think I'm kind of corny...." clean cut, jug-eared Bob Corby "oh...THAT Bob Corby" president of senior class and captain of the basketball team "he left his mark" "whenever we won we really cut loose. Snake dances snarling up traffic, racing up and down streets blaring car horns and yelling, it's a wonder somebody didn't get killed. Sometimes noise wasn't enough. Sometimes it was 'kid stuff' such as painting the school initials in places where they had no business to be. If we had had any sense we'd known that all this carrying on was a discredit to the school." "school spirit began to mean more than just noise" "a new idea of school sportsmanship" "got really sick" "no foolishness at all after that" "it was a thing that carried over. when you get right down to it, a classroom is a kind of team, too" "we didn't want just the teachers doing things for the school, we wanted to do them ourselves" "there are times when all the spirit in the world doesn't help. Sometimes you've got to lose." "he showed that you can lose like a champion, too" "Can't you see? The spirit was there all the time!" "well, how can you argue with a woman?"
SCHOOLS SPIRIT CITIZENSHIP CLUBS ACTIVITIES EXTRA-CURRICULAR TEENAGERS
Subject: Teenage Beer Hall?
One National Merit scholar in the whole school? Sheesh...we had at least a dozen every year.
Subject: The desecration of Bob CorbyÃÂÃÂs name
Subject: Catch the "spirit"!
Subject: Bob Corby died for your sins!
Sally rejects this idea, pointing out that other schools have had successful sports seasons without someone dying of cancer.